The Oregon Grape is in full yellow bloom along the Larry Scott Trail, especially thriving on the cliffs near the paper mill.
Plot 2 ft 4
Just off trail in Brown Creek, Thurston County. Clear day in Douglas Fir forest.
The stem seems almost woody. With the leaves growing oppositely up the stalk. The leaves grow dentate with sharp point, have a waxy feeling but are dim in appearance. The berries are little blue/purple fleshy and spherical.
Mahonia nervosa, commonly known as dwarf Oregon-grape, Cascade Oregon-grape, or dull Oregon-grape, is a flowering plant native to the northwest coast of North America from southern British Columbia south to central California, with an isolated population inland in northern Idaho. It is especially common in second growth, Douglas-fir or western redcedar forests, making use of those pools of sunlight that intermittently reach the ground. Some authors place the genus Mahonia within the genus Berberis.